Intern - Communications Unit

Location : Istanbul, TURKEY
Application Deadline :30-Mar-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :April 2020 – October 2020


UNDP’s Istanbul Regional Hub is UNDP’s advisory hub for the region tasked with the responsibility to provide policy and programmatic support to UNDP’s development activities in the Europe and CIS region.

The Hub’s Communications team has the mandate of exploring, among other things, the use of communications and social media as a way to increase the effectiveness of programming, opening up the organization to external views and input and engaging experts in the regional and global dialogue on key development challenges.

We are looking for a communications intern who will provide technical expertise to boost the visibility on search engines of UNDP Eurasia and associated platforms and provide analytics reports to assess our online and digital performance. In addition, the intern will be tasked with supporting our website, social media presence and additional media and graphic design tasks, where needed.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will report to Communications Analyst, and will be expected to:

  • Support the creation and uploading of content for the UNDP Regional website;
  • Creating materials for social media channels, especially Instagram, and social networking
  • Assist the communications team in the organisation of key events and communication opportunities, such as major regional conferences, discussions and report launches;
  • Research and monitor relevant websites and social media channels as needed to feed content into the work of the communications team;
  • Research and application of SEO and marketing tactics;
  • Analytics compiling and reporting;
  • Other tasks related to graphic design, web design, web content


Strong communication skills in English

Basic understanding of usability, optimizing content for the web and search

Understanding of social media channels

Strong interpersonal skills, communication and diplomatic skills, ability to work in a team

Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback

Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations

Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities

Required Skills and Experience


Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  • be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
  • be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
  • have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) in a degree programme in a relevant discipline (including but not limited to digital marketing, web management, graphic design, social media, communication) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation


  • Experience in website management, content creation, digital communications is preferred.
  • Experience with web-based applications, basics of HTML, as well as video and photo editing and design software is preferred. ?
  • Experience working with social media – especially Instagram and Twitter - and good understanding of web metrics and experience producing analytics reports is preferred ?


  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge of Russian and/or Turkish is an asset.

Additional Information:

Financial Issues:

Internships within the UN system are subject to conditions the applicant must get familiar with before signing his/her internship agreement.

Starting from January 2020 interns will receive stipends according to UN rules and regulations.

Any further costs associated with the internship must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her arrangements for travel, accommodation and other costs.

Application procedure:
The application should contain:

  • Brief Cover Letter (in English) stating interest in and qualifications for the post and your availability;
  • Current and complete CV in English. Please include any personal or professional social media (Blogs, Twitter, Facebook (if public), Instagram, etc. accounts you manage)

Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

Candidates who are selected must submit following documents:

  • Official letter from the University confirming enrolment in a graduate-level degree programme;
  • Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out. Selected intern must have medical and life insurance.


UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months;
UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents, illness or death during the internship;
Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
Interns are responsible to arrange for their own visa and residence documents, and need to plan for these well in advance;

Subsequent Employment
The purpose of the internship is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies; therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship;
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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